The Gateway Community College project consolidated many of the programs previously housed on the Long Wharf and New Haven Campuses at a new location in downtown New Haven.
The project included two structures built on two city blocks at a major entrance to the city, connected by a bridge over George Street. The new four-story, 570,000 sf building, includes 90 general purpose classrooms, 22 computer labs, library, cafeteria, bookstore, culinary arts center, art gallery, Allied Health Department and administrative offices. In addition, Dimeo built a new 600 car pre-cast garage. The project earned LEED Gold certification.
The new Gateway Community College is the first public building in Connecticut that achieved LEED Gold certification.
The work included sustainable design strategies including solar shading, ice storage, sustainable and recyclable materials, photovoltaic panels, and solar hot water heating. The design allows the college to maximize the use of energy efficient systems and equipment and reduce the demand on existing energy utilities. It includes a multi-level student gathering area that steps up from the ground floor to a roof-top garden. The green roof also supports photovoltaic panels on a special framing system.